Kobuchizawa, which is about 130 miles from Chiba, is a town at the bottom of the Yatsugatake Mountains (Yatsugatake-Rempoh八ヶ岳連峰).
Local people told us it had been warm this winter so there hadn't been much snow apart from on the mountain ridges. The town itself is located at about 1,000m above sea level and, as you can imagine, the atmosphere was very chilly!!
Anyway, from the B&B's window where we spent 2 nights at the very end of the year 2016, we were able to see many woodlands birds:) which was excellent because we didn't have to go out to be exposed in the frosty air!
Great Spotted Woodpecker (Akageraアカゲラ)
Oriental Greenfinch (Kawarahiwaカワラヒワ)
A Japanese Grosbeak (Ikaruイカル) turned up and the Greenfinches were panicked!
You certainly would not like to be pecked with THAT beak if you were a little bird!
Varied Tit (Yamagaraヤマガラ)
We also saw Eastern Great Tit (Shijukaraシジュウカラ), Long-tailed Tit (Enagaエナガ), Black-eared Kite (Tobiトビ), Thick-billed Crow (Hashibutogarasuハシブトガラス), and Tree Sparrow (Suzumeスズメ).